If The Westcott Fountain Could Talk

If The Westcott Fountain Could Talk

It's been there through it all.

We were introduced on your first day. You were taking a tour of the school and it was the first time you stepped foot on campus. Just a senior in high school, you were so young. You spent the entire day in awe of the campus while melting in the 95-degree heat. Accompanied by other 18-year-olds, you nearly died of embarrassment when your mom pulled out her camera. "Go on, go smile up there," she nudged you as you walked in the direction of the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall wearing your Seminole shirt you got from the bookstore. That was the first of many encounters and we were going to be seeing a lot of each other.

During the first week, you managed to say goodbye to your family, move into your new room, and learn how to adult all by yourself. Like that wasn't hard enough, you managed to girl flirt for hours and hours. I watched you smile, laugh, and cry as you conquered another day of recruitment.

Big/Little Reveal came before you could blink. During recruitment, you didn't know which houses you were going to visit the next day. Now, you can't imagine calling another house your home. You found your niche and a family to go with it.

We crossed paths around 2:30 a.m. on various occasions throughout your freshman year. Coming home from a Saturday night at Pot's, you marched your way back to your dorm room hoping that you would somehow make it to your 8 a.m. the next day (you didn't).

It's parent's weekend at Florida State and a basic picture is a must. Showing your family why you fell in love with this place wasn't complete without documenting the moment.

I really don't know how you survived on your 21st birthday. It was a night to remember, or not to remember, as you ended the night just like every other Seminole: going for a quick swim.

Graduation came quickly. You popped bottles of champagne, wore your best dress, and smiled till your cheeks went numb. You said your goodbyes to your sorority sisters, teachers and your professors.

You never acknowledge these kinds of moments until they become memories. It was so easy to just walk to class or walk home from Pots and disregard such a landmark. From the first day on campus to the day you drove down College Avenue for the very last time, this place was more than just a pretty picture spot, but a trademark as a Florida State Seminole.

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Spring break is three weeks away and I am already counting down the days. Why didn't anyone warn me that Sophomore year is so stressful? Don't get me wrong, I am extremely thankful to be given the opportunity to further my education. However, sometimes I just have to put my feelings first, and admit that I feel overwhelmed by my college workload.

Before any adults say “college is easy, you just need to apply your time” I do apply my time! This semester I am taking 18 credits, writing for the Odyssey, and active in two on-campus clubs. For those who are in the same predicament and balance a full/part-time job, I salute you. Recently, on Twitter, I came across a tweet stating “College isn't hard, the work just piles up on you” and related to that completely. I feel teachers should give homework because it gives clarity and practice in concepts that were not understood in class. But homework such as 40 multiple choice questions in macroeconomics, 40 multiple choice questions in accounting, 145 pages to read in fashion, a two page in essay in business writing, 45 pages to read plus a discussion question in international marketing, and 16 short answer questions in organizational behavior per week is excessive! Especially if you are not naturally gifted, so you have to take time outside of class to review lessons. And guess what? Somewhere in between all that work, I have to find time to eat, exercise, socialize, sleep, and apply for summer internships. On top of that, when you suffer from anxiety, managing symptoms is a full-time job in itself.

Its hard when you want to be successful but the process of achieving success requires you climb up a narrow mountain with a broken arm with 20/70 vision.

Or requires you to be this guy.

Nevertheless, When I feel defeated (which is often) I refer to my motivational quotes which states “Build your own dreams, or someone will hire you to build theirs” and “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty” to get me through. College is definitely a never-ending cycle of headaches, but I’m confident that I’ll eventually enjoy the fruits of my labor. Therefore, cheers to 2 ½ more months in the semester.

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10 Reasons Villanova University Should Be At The Top Of Your List

Are you even surprised that Campus Corner is on this list?

I knew I loved Villanova University from the first time I stepped on campus. This was back in my junior year of high school. The following two years I adamantly followed Villanova in the hopes that I would end up there. Everything about this school was desirable.

It just seemed like a happy, lively, and loving place. When I was accepted in my senior year, I was ecstatic. This was the place I had dreamed of being, and now my dream was coming true. Now that I am here, I get to love all the things I had previously admired from afar, plus everything I have gotten to experience since getting here.

1. It’s gorgeous campus

From the Oreo to the cherry trees lining the entrance of the St. Thomas of Villanova Church, wherever you go on campus. I know when I was looking at schools, I would always notice the cohesiveness of the buildings around campus.

2. The Spit/Cova

Some people love the Spit and some people hate it, but regardless, upperclassmen will tell you to cherish it while you still have it. In addition, Cova is the best dining hall on campus in my opinion, no contest.

3. Its proximity to Philly

Philly is an amazing city and it’s a mere 30-minute train ride away.

4. Tailgates

If you think your college’s tailgates are impressive, you’ve never been to a Villanova one. You haven’t lived until you’ve partied in the Wells Fargo parking lot for hours while the temperature is in the teens.

5. The small classes

And while this does mean that your professor knows when you skip, this also means that they have a better opportunity of getting to know you on a more personal level.

6. Basketball

Basketball brings Villanova together in the best way possible.

7. Jay Wright

I shouldn’t even have to explain this one.

8. Greek life

Greek life is by no means the be-all end-all of social life at Villanova, and I think that’s what makes it so great. It’s what you make of it.

9. Camp Co

I’m not sorry, you knew this would be on here. Buffalo mozzarella fries forever have my heart.

10. The students

There is an indescribable sense community at Villanova.

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